(Bark"er's mill`) [From Dr. Barker, the inventor.] A machine, invented in the 17th century,
worked by a form of reaction wheel. The water flows into a vertical tube and gushes from apertures in
hollow horizontal arms, causing the machine to revolve on its axis.
(Bark"er*y) n. A tanhouse.
1. Instruments used in taking off the bark of trees. Gardner.
2. A pair of pistols. [Slang]
(Bark"less), a. Destitute of bark.
(Bark" louse`) (Zoöl.) An insect of the family Coccidæ, which infests the bark of trees and vines.
The wingless females assume the shape of scales. The bark louse of the vine is Pulvinaria innumerabilis; that
of the pear is Lecanium pyri. See Orange scale.
(Bark"y) a. Covered with, or containing, bark. "The barky fingers of the elm." Shak.
Barley bird (Zoöl.), the siskin. Barley sugar, sugar boiled till it is brittle (formerly with a decoction
of barley) and candied. Barley water, a decoction of barley, used in medicine, as a nutritive and
(Bar"ley) n. [OE. barli, barlich, AS. bærlic; bere barley + lic (which is prob. the same as E. like,
adj., or perh. a form of AS. leac leek). AS. bere is akin to Icel, barr barley, Goth. barizeins made of
barley, L. far spelt; cf. W. barlys barley, bara bread. 92. Cf. Farina, 6th Bear.] (Bot.) A valuable
grain, of the family of grasses, genus Hordeum, used for food, and for making malt, from which are
prepared beer, ale, and whisky.
(Bar"ley*brake` Bar"ley*break`) n. An ancient rural game, commonly played round stacks of
barley, or other grain, in which some of the party attempt to catch others who run from a goal.
(Bar"ley-bree`) n. [Lit. barley broth. See Brew.] Liquor made from barley; strong ale. [Humorous]
(Bar"ley*corn`) n. [See Corn.]
1. A grain or "corn" of barley.
2. Formerly , a measure of length, equal to the average length of a grain of barley; the third part of an
John Barleycorn, a humorous personification of barley as the source of malt liquor or whisky.
(Barm) n. [OE. berme, AS. beorma; akin to Sw. bärma, G. bärme, and prob. L. fermentum.
&radic93.] Foam rising upon beer, or other malt liquors, when fermenting, and used as leaven in making
bread and in brewing; yeast. Shak.
(Barm), n. [OE. bearm, berm, barm, AS. bearm; akin to E. bear to support.] The lap or bosom.
(Bar"maid`) n. A girl or woman who attends the customers of a bar, as in a tavern or beershop.
A bouncing barmaid.